Can the Prayers of the Faithful Be Omitted at Mass?

Dear Catholic Exchange,

There are times when the priest in our parish omits the prayers of the faithful in the mass. Is it permissable to omit the prayers of the faithful in the mass?

Sol Magat

Dear Mr. Magat,

Peace in Christ!

There are times when the prayer of the faithful, or general intercessions, are omitted, usually when there is another rite included in the Mass. The recently celebrated Chrism Mass, for example, omits the general intercessions. Generally, the prayer of the faithful is included in Sunday Mass.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, as it addresses the prayer of the faithful, speaks of its function as well as its use:

In the Prayer of the Faithful, the people respond in a certain way to the word of God which they have welcomed in faith and, exercising the office of their baptismal priesthood, offer prayers to God for the salvation of all. It is fitting that such a prayer be included, as a rule, in Masses celebrated with a congregation, so that petitions will be offered for the holy Church, for civil authorities, for those weighed down by various needs, for all men and women, and for the salvation of the whole world (no. 69).

Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy, (SC) states that "the prayer of the faithful is to be restored after the gospel and homily, especially on Sundays and Holy days of obligation" (SC, no. 53).

I hope this is helpful.

United in the Faith,

Eric Stoutz
Director of Catholic Responses
Catholics United for the Faith
827 North Fourth Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
800-MY-FAITH (800-693-2484)

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  • Guest

    Dear Catholic Exchange

    Do you think that it is right to tell the people that are for the aportion that they are not allowed to go to church. Or tell them that they are not welcome at there church because of this. I do not think that this should be allowed in my eyes. I mean aren't people allowed to think what they want to think and not get into trouble for it at all that is what I think. They were talking about it on the News this morning.

    God Bless Sonja Cook

  • Guest

    God loves you .

    Permit a lay response, of personal nature, Sonja . . .

    You are welcome – any promotion of killing anyone – especially innocent babies – is not. Any promotion of disobeying any Commandment is unwelcome.

    If being pro-murder makes you feel unwelcome at Mass, maybe it has to do with your conscience and the Holy Spirit. He wants you Home, but on the terms of His rules, not your whims (or, me on my own whims).

    To me, any ‘Catholic’ is that-much-less-so the more he or she chooses to dodge Commandments in ‘cafeteria’ disobedience. Any who would dodge the Commandments, please, avoid Sacraments, as well. Don’t despoil the sources of grace if you choose not to love our Savior in grace by disobeying His Commandments. (Reference: John 14:15)

    In love and fellow Catholicism, you are in my prayers.

    Remember, I love you, too

    Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,

    Pristinus Sapienter

    (wljewell or …

  • Guest


    I think you are looking at the situation from the wrong perspective.

    First, there may be somebody, but I have not seen anyone on CE telling people that are for abortion that they are not allowed to go to Church.  Heaven knows we all need to go to Church, abortion supporters as much as any of us.  They just should not present themselves for Holy Communion.

    Second, all Catholics and non-Catholics must understand that by publicly and knowingly advocating abortion, the killing of a completely vulnerable and innocent human being defined as an intrinsic evil by the Church, they are removing themselves from communion with the Church — they are excommunicating themselves.

    Third, when they say, "Amen" and receive Jesus in Holy Communion, they are saying "Yes, I believe" not only that Jesus is present, but it is an ascent of faith to the teachings of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. We must be in communion to receive Communion. If they know they are not in communion with the Church, then they are lying and condemning themselves.

    Fourth, we must, with love, help them re-join the body of Christ. Bringing them back into communion requires re-penting (which means re-thinking).

    Fifth, forgiveness for the repentant is always waiting for us in the Christ's Sacrament of Penance — in the Church. I would encourage those who support abortion to get as familiar as they can with the Church's teachings and to re-think (repent) and come to Church for forgiveness in sacramental confession.  Then, once again in communion, they can receive Communion.

    I don't speak for Catholicexchange, I'm just a guy in the pew.

  • Guest

    I have a question about miracles or healings through intercession(prayer).

    We all have heard about physical healings but are there any proven healings for people with mental illnesses?

    Thanks. joyce

  • Guest

    God loves you .

    Good grief, Joyce – can you start another topic over in the ‘Faith and Life’ forum? Your topic is stimulating and intertsuing, but deserving of its own place in the flow of things.

    Uh – HERE! – permit me . . .

    Remember, I love you, too

    Reminding that we are all on the same side – His,

    Pristinus Sapienter

    (wljewell or …

  • Guest

    Is there a reason that someone that you love marries someone that you hate, and the person that they got married to is AKA Cristan and he tells me that I spend to much time at church and not enough time with him. Is there a limit to how much time you spend time at Church. I love my mom but I think that she made a bad choice in marring my stepdad.

    Sonja Cook

    May God Have Mercy On Your Soul!!

  • Guest

    I think that if you praye about it you might not get the answer that you want but God answers you in ways that you can't see but he will always hold by his side so you might want to keep that in mind.

    God Bless and Good luck

    Sonja Cook